"$40-thousand, that should have been a couple, 3 or 4 thousand dollars. So to me we wasted $36-thousand and how was it going to stop if someone didn't bring it up," said
Dinkins says he's done nothing wrong.
"I have never done anything that's outside of the policy," said Dinkins.
According to the county office, the previous travel and training policy for the commissioners did not limit the spending amount. It only dealt with procedure.
Last week the board established a new travel and training spending policy for commissioners. Beginning in 2012 each board member, with the exception of the chairman will receive $2400 total, $1800 for travel and $600 for education. The chairman will receive $2700 total, with $2100 for travel and $600 for education.
Jimmy Walker believes the new policy will keep commissioners from attending too many meetings.
"You can't go to every meeting. It's just not feasibly possible. You just don't have the budget to do it," said
Dinkins justifies the training trips with the Association County Commissioners of Georgia and Georgia Economic Developers Association, by saying his trips are for the people and will bring economic progress.
"I’m trying to put
Training took Dinkins across the state from
According to the county administrator, the board of commissioners will meet Thursday at 5:30 to decide what should be done before the new travel and training policy goes into effect in October.